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NHL's All-Star game missing top All-Stars

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When the NHL hatched the plan for an All-Star game draft, it seemed like a can't-miss way to generate buzz for the weekend.

Who would you pick first if starting a team from scratch?

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby? Washington's Alex Ovechkin? Chicago's Jonathan Toews? Maybe Edmonton rookie sensation Ryan Nugent-Hopkins? Surely, they'd go 1-2-3 in some order.

The suspense was guessing where the MVPs and Stanley Cup champs would go.

Time to dig deeper in the roster for that No. 1 pick.

The draft has turned into pure fantasy for this weekend's game in Ottawa. With none of those four players available, the All-Star game has turned into the Missing Stars game, extracting some of the fun out of the showcase weekend. Injuries are the main culprit for the All-Star withdrawals, though Ovechkin pulled out this week because the game fell during his league-issued three-game suspension.

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